Linden Industrial Association

            The next meeting of the Association will be at the Meeting Room at the Hampton Inn @ Aviation Plaza, 501 West Edgar Road (Rt. 1 North & Stiles Street), Linden, New Jersey, at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.  Our Guest Speaker will be John H. Schmidt, Esq., Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C., who will provide a legal update of legislation impacting the business community.


            Please note your diary and confirm your attendance by e-mail to, so that we may make the appropriate arrangements for breakfast.  You should plan to have a substitute attend on behalf of your company if you are not able to attend.  The minutes of the meeting of September 18, 2018 are provided below.


Calendar of Events

October 16, 2018 (Sponsored by Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.)

November 20, 2018 (Sponsored by Infineum USA L.P.)

January 15, 2019 (Total Specialties, Inc.)

February 19, 2019 (A&M Industrial)

March 19, 2019

April 18, 2019 Annual Dinner

May 21, 2019

June 18, 2019     





Linden Industrial Association




            A regular meeting of the Linden Industrial Association was held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 8 a.m. at the Hampton Inn @ Aviation Plaza, 501 West Edgar Road (Rt. 1 North & Stiles Street), Linden, NJ, pursuant to written notice thereof duly sent to all members in accordance with the provisions of the Bylaws of the Association.  The following were present:


            Mayor Derek Armstead, Guest

            Speaker                                               City of Linden

            Joe Barbanel                                        JREZ LLC

            Lois Bass                                             Infineum USA L.P.

            Chris Beriont, Guest Speaker             Pennoni

            David G. Brown, II                            Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority

            Kathleen Burke                                   A&M Industrial

            Angel Cartagena                                 Batteries Plus Bulbs

            Ralph Coppola, Guest Speaker           Pennoni

            Wayne Cromwell                                General Magnaplate

            James K. Estabrook, Esq.                   Secretary

            Gregory Grasso                                   Linden Board of Education

            Brandon Hering                                  Linden VFT

            Joe Joyce                                             Solar KAL

            Bernie Kordelski                                 Total Specialties USA

            June Lazaro                                         Primerica

            Alan Lloyd, Guest Speaker                Pennoni

            Alex Lospinoso                                   Linden Economic Development Corporation

            Janet Miller                                         Cox Printers & Digital Media

            Nancy Sadlon                                     Phillips 66

            Natalie Sesto                                       Linden Cogen/NAES

            Jared Stadlin                                       Linden Warehouse & Distribution

            Rebecca Tattoli                                   Office of the Mayor

            Angie Tsirkas                                      Northfield Bank


Our special thanks to Jerry K. Prevete, Chris Beriont and Pennoni for their continued support of the Linden Industrial Association in sponsoring today’s breakfast meeting. A motion was duly made and seconded to approve the Minutes of the Meeting on June 19, 2018.  The motion was unanimously passed. 





President’s Report.  President June Lazaro welcomed everybody to the first meeting of the 2018-2019 Membership Year.  She was looking forward to a year of excellent programs and hoped there would be active and strong attendance at all the meetings.


Program.  President June Lazaro was pleased to introduce the Honorable Mayor Derek Armstead.  The Mayor commenced his annual presentation by pointing out that the City of Linden was a Council-run City up until three years ago.  The Council President appointed all Committee Members.  Subsequent to that date, however, matters have changed and the Mayor now holds the authority to appoint Committee Members.  That has inured to the benefit of the citizens of Linden as reflected in the City of Linden 2018 municipal budget, which he presented to the membership. 


The Mayor pointed out that the City budget of $109 million will increase slightly as there is a greater need for Fire and Police recruitment given the steady expansion and development in the City.  The City is equally divided between industrial and residential areas.  The City is 11.5 square miles and 5 square miles of it is devoted to residential areas.  The Mayor was pleased that with all the component parts of the property owners’ real estate taxes (municipal, county, open space, school and library budgets), the City of Linden municipal budget decreased in tax year 2018 by the modest sum of $12.77. 


The Mayor discussed the 2018 Capital Improvement Plan, which disclosed extensive upgrades to both the Police and Fire Departments, public parks and infrastructure (street resurfacing, curb and sidewalk reconstruction, storm and sanitary sewer improvements). 


The Mayor discussed with LEDC representative Alex Lospinoso the redevelopment projects currently in the City.  First, Blue Apron, although recently downsized, continues to maintain its fulfillment center in the City of Linden.  Next was the St. George/VVR Project, which will hopefully be in full development made by 2021.  Ammon Labs has relocated to Linden in what was otherwise a vacant and underutilized building for the last ten years, creating new tax revenue for the City under a 5-year Pilot.  The United Lacquer site is to be developed and renamed Meridia, with 400 units of apartment living.  It is hoped that this development will be starting construction within six months to one year.  Fiabila, a nail polish factory, is looking to purchase more property from the City of Linden.  It is located in and around the former Linden Landfill.  There are hopes that the solar field to be constructed on the landfill will work in conjunction with Fiabila’s facilities.  The JTG Scaffolding site has received all approvals and hope to commence construction in the next six months.  The Meridia Phase II-Lifestyle Building is currently under construction.  Other development projects in the City that have just come forward are a new Joint Venture involving Prudential, which purchased the old ISP/Dupont site for the construction of 4.1 million square feet of warehousing space.  The City has approved a Wawa at the corner of Park Street and Routes 1&9.  It hopes to open within the next six to nine months.  Finally, the Mayor mentioned that Legacy Square, incorporating the Super Walmart and multiple other national chains continues to be developed.


President June Lazaro was pleased to present representatives of Pennoni, Alan Lloyd, Chris Beriont and Ralph Coppola.  Alan Lloyd spoke first on behalf of Pennoni to provide the membership with some history and breadth of coverage.  Pennoni was started in 1966 by C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni, PE, CEO, and has grown to 1,200 employees, with over 32 offices.  The Company is proudly employee owned.  Its geographical areas of coverage go from Maine to Florida and out to Ohio.  Half of its work is commercial and industrial and the other half is for governmental agencies.  Pennoni does no residential work.  The brochures provided to all members provided the extensive array of engineering services available to commercial and industrial members of the Linden Industrial Association.  At the LIA meeting there was a focus on its environmental practice and its industrial hygiene services.  There are 60 employees in those two areas.  Addressing environmental consulting was Chris Beriont.  The services rendered by Pennoni in that area include regulatory compliance, due diligence relating to Phase I and Phase II environmental studies, as well as transitional services.  They also provide remediation technologies, compliance and permitting.  Chris was able to walk through six specific examples of the type of services their Environmental Department can handle.  Addressing industrial hygiene services was Ralph Coppola.  Industrial hygiene includes indoor air quality, worker exposure assessment, health and safety consulting and hazardous materials management.  Like Mr. Beriont, Mr. Coppola was able to walk the membership through six specific examples where their industrial hygiene department had recently worked, including asbestos removal, water quality testing, lead testing, mold remediation programs, lead paint removal and air sampling.


Environmental, Health & Safety Committee.  Chairman Joe Barbanel reported that OSHA had come out over the years with various focuses for worker protection, including silo safety, height protection, and heat exposure.  It was Mr. Barbanel’s opinion that little had been done by OSHA to increase worker safety or decrease worker injury.  He does not believe that it has been a very effective agency and does not know what the next hot button issue will be, but believes it will be weather related.  For instance, flooding and the impact that flooding can have on industrial establishments that have hazardous materials. 


Linden Economic Development Corporation.  Alex Lospinoso informed the membership that the Linden Master Plan is due in November, and the Zoning Department is working on it to bring it up-to-date as it had been somewhat antiquated.  There does not appear to be any issue with regard to meeting the November deadline. 


Linden Public Schools.  Representative Gregory Grasso reminded the membership that there were two scholarship events upcoming; one with the Linden Chamber and one with Kiwanis, and requested that all members support or attend the events.  Mr. Grasso then also reported that there is a new district elementary school program that was adopted this school year by the City.  All the middle schools have moved over to iPads. 


Membership.  Kathleen Burke reported that the CDI Group, Inc., located on Blancke Street, which specializes in trade show displays, is interested in becoming a member.


There being no further matters, the meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting will be October 16, 2018 at 8 a.m. at The Hampton Inn.


                                                                        Respectfully submitted,




                                                                        James K. Estabrook, Esq., Secretary